Former COPE MP Dennis Bloem has alleged that a lucrative R250m/year catering contract awarded to controversial facilities company Bosasa may have been a “money-laundering scheme”. Bloem chaired parliament’s portfolio committee on correctional services between 2004 and 2009‚ as a member of the ANC. He said Bosasa did little or nothing within the prisons after the department of correctional services (DCS) awarded it the contract in 2004. Testifying at the state capture inquiry on Friday‚ Bloem said inmates were responsible for cooking and serving food at prisons‚ while one Bosasa official was “present in the middle of kitchens”. “This catering tender was just a money-laundering scheme. Bosasa said they are going to take over the kitchens. The inmates were still doing the cooking; it was business as usual. There was no labour from Bosasa. I visited physically the prisons in the country‚” Bloem said. “Who was supplying the food in the kitchens? We know that DCS has farms for meat‚ farms...

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